Ethiopia Declares State of Emergency, Martial law

State of emergency in Ethiopia as country's prime minister resigns

However, "the state of emergency will be declared this morning as the security situation in the country is getting volatile", said the source.

A state of emergency imposed in Ethiopia on Friday after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (above photo) resigned includes a ban on protests and publications inciting violence, Ethiopian Defense Minister Siraj Fegessa said on Saturday.

The Africa's second most populous nation had witnessed a ten-month state of emergency since October 2016, following the Ethiopian parliament's decision to extend the initial six-month period by four months.

It capped a tumultuous week that saw Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resign, a strike in the country's largest region and a massive prisoner amnesty.

The 10-month decree succeeded in quelling the unrest, which killed hundreds and resulted in tens of thousands of arrests, despite criticism from rights groups.




Numerous prisoners took part in anti-government protests in 2015 and 2016 in the country's two most populous provinces, whose ethnic Oromo and Amharic communities complained that they are under-represented in the country's corridors of power.

The state of emergency, the embassy said, "undermines recent positive steps toward creating a more inclusive political space" and sends a message to the Ethiopian people that "they are not being heard".

The council added it would release more details Saturday. Those released included several prominent opposition leaders and well-known journalist Eskinder Nega, a critic of the government.

The current state of emergency has to be approved by the national parliament, which is now on recess, giving the council 15 days to enforce the emergency rule until parliament reconvenes.

He will remain in office until parliament and the EPRDF coalition confirm his resignation.

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